MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has told The Edmonton Sun that his Christian faith kicked up a notch while recovering from a nerve injury in his fretting hand. He couldn't play at all for more than a year. MEGADETH was shelved — for good, he thought — but the "fire" kept burning.

"I had a pretty profound spiritual experience during the process, too," he says. "I believed in God my whole life, but I was never really ready to serve Him until I said these six simple words: 'What have I got to lose?'

"People say, oh, Dave became a Christian. They think I'm a pussy. I'm not. I'm still the same guy. If you make me angry, you still make me angry. It's just the way I'm going to respond to it.

"One of the things I decided early on is that I'm not going to go around telling people they're doing something wrong. That would've been the same as when everybody was doing this sobriety police stuff in the music industry, which I thought was absolutely pathetic. I was on tour with AEROSMITH and they had their sobriety police out and I said, 'How gay is that?' "

He goes on and on in much the same vein, spontaneously weighing in on a variety of musical and political issues and taking a nice shot at METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich - "The guy thinks he created heavy metal. Metal created you, buddy." Read more.


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